2016
Dry Creek

Merlot
Description

Located in north-central Sonoma County, just northwest of Healdsburg, this rustic wine region is the most compressed, yet easiest to navigate. Its warm climate offers full-bodied Zinfandel wines, but also produces some of the best Merlot grapes. Dry Creek Valley’s winegrowing history is one of California’s longest, reaching back 140 years. Dry Creek Valley’s microclimate is similar to the Bordeaux region of France. With both coastal and inland influences, long, warm days and cooler nights allow the merlot grape to fully ripen and slowly develop and retain their structure and acidity.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

On the nose, our 2016 Dry Creek Valley Merlot offers aromas of brown spice, cherry liquor, dark chocolate, and hints of bramble berries. 

Palate: 

The palate presents baking spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla and dusted cocoa. This slightly caramelized tasting wine leaves you with a lifted and even finish on the tongue.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2016 vintage across California was a near-perfect growing season. A mild winter and spring along led to warm days and cool nights in the summer, and grape growers were able to maintain ideal & balanced acid levels of the fruit.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • T/A: 5.9 G/L
  • Production: 192 Cases
  • Aging:
    • 19 months in French oak 
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Homemade Hamburgers, BBQ Tri-Tip
Fruits & Vegetables:
Grilled Portabello Mushrooms
Desserts:
Dark chocolate desserts
$38